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George Bailey steps down as Australia T20 captain

George Bailey has stepped down as Australia's Twenty20 captain in order to focus on winning a place back in the Test side.

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Bailey has been T20 captain since replacing Cameron White in January 2012 and led the team in 27 matches, winning just 13.

However, the 32-year-old has stepped away from the shortest form of the game in order to play more Sheffield Shield cricket with Tasmania.

While Bailey has not retired fully from T20 internationals, he will not feature in any of Australia's remaining fixtures in the format in 2014, meaning he could be available for four Sheffield Shield outings before preparation for next year's Cricket World Cup begins with a five-game ODI series against South Africa in November.

Bailey's five Test caps came in Australia's recent Ashes whitewash of England, though he was a rare disappointment for the hosts, only managing a single fifty from eight innings at number six.

"The very end goal is hopefully to play more Test cricket, but more than that it's just about playing the best four-day cricket I can," said Bailey as he announced the decision.

"It's the format I find the most challenging and the format that I get the most enjoyment from " it's where my real passion lies.

"Whether concentrating on that ends up in me getting back into the Test squad, it doesn't worry me too much.

"It's just about playing as well as I can."

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